coastal british columbia  

day to day SUP photos mostly on Ladysmith Harbour/Oyster Bay  


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Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Nov/20/2015
 
Bush Creek
Bush Creek
Bush Creek
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Nov/20/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Dec/04/2015
Sailboat was blown into the Bush Creek Estuary right next to the Creek. The keel had worked it's way a few feet into the bottom. The owner got it moving with his Zodiac, dragging it from the top of the mast by the halyard. He moved it about 5 feet with another 100+ feet to go and the tide getting ready to fall, my neighbour showed up with his skiff. The Zodiac kept the sailboat heeled over and the skiff dragged her off the gravel bar.

Paddled up to the marina and got back to the put-in as it started to pour.

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Nov/20/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Nov/20/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Nov/20/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Nov/20/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Nov/20/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Nov/20/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Nov/20/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Nov/20/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Nov/20/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Nov/20/2015
 
Page Point
Page Point
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Nov/20/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Nov/20/2015

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Nov/14/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Nov/14/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Nov/14/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Nov/14/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Nov/14/2015
short paddle in a light afternoon rain

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Nov/11/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Nov/11/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Nov/11/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Nov/11/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Nov/11/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Nov/11/2015
glassy warm day. Paddled out around the Dunsmuir Islands. Ran into 3 otters feeding off the bottom. Half a dozen WW2 vintage aircraft overflew Ladysmith right on the 11th hour. Bit of snow on the mountains this morning.

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Nov/11/2015
 
3 otters feeding off the Dunsmuir Islands
3 otters feeding off the Dunsmuir Islands
Dunsmuir Islands
 
Dunsmuir Islands
 

Dunsmuir Islands
 
Woods Islands
Woods Islands
Half a dozen WW2 vintage aircraft overflew Ladysmith right on the 11th hour
Half a dozen WW2 vintage aircraft overflew Ladysmith right on the 11th hour
snow on the mountains
snow on the mountains

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a late afternoon paddle up to the head of the bay, Oct/29/2015
 
a late afternoon paddle up to the head of the bay, Oct/29/2015
 
a late afternoon paddle up to the head of the bay, Oct/29/2015
 
a late afternoon paddle up to the head of the bay, Oct/29/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/29/2015
a late afternoon paddle up to the head of the bay

a late afternoon paddle up to the head of the bay, Oct/29/2015
 
a late afternoon paddle up to the head of the bay, Oct/29/2015
 
a late afternoon paddle up to the head of the bay, Oct/29/2015
 
a late afternoon paddle up to the head of the bay, Oct/29/2015
 

a late afternoon paddle up to the head of the bay, Oct/29/2015
 
a late afternoon paddle up to the head of the bay, Oct/29/2015
 
a late afternoon paddle up to the head of the bay, Oct/29/2015
 
a late afternoon paddle up to the head of the bay, Oct/29/2015
 

a late afternoon paddle up to the head of the bay, Oct/29/2015
 
a late afternoon paddle up to the head of the bay, Oct/29/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/20/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/20/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/20/2015
 
Bush Creek
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/20/2015

Bush Creek and up to the head of the bay

Bush Creek
 
Bush Creek
 
Bush Creek
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/20/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/20/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/20/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/20/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/20/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/20/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/20/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/20/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/16/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/16/2015
 
Burleith Arm
 
Burleith Arm
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/16/2015

Short paddle today up Burleith Arm to the wet log sort and back out under the gangways on Page Point.

Burleith Arm
 
Burleith Arm
 
Burleith Arm
 
Burleith Arm
 

Burleith Arm
 
rock oysters in Burleith Arm
rock oysters
Burleith Arm
 
Burleith Arm
 

Page Point
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/16/2015
 
gangways along Page Point
 
gangways along Page Point
 

gangways along Page Point
 
gangways along Page Point
 
gangways along Page Point
 
gangways along Page Point
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/16/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/16/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/15/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/15/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/15/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/15/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/15/2015

Paddled out of the bay until the breeze came up and turned me back. About 9km round trip. Felt cold in the morning so i wore a 2mm rashie for about 2km and had to strip it off. An awesome warm fall day. Dog patch is clearing out. The town gave live-aboards that are moored in water lot 651 until Nov 15th to vacate. http://issuu.com/blackpress/docs/i20151013044534793

Saw maybe half a dozen purple starfish on the booms between Ladysmith Marina and Saltaire mill. Hope they're making a comeback after being decimated along this coast. http://www.cbc.ca/sea-star-wasting-syndrome

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/15/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/15/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/15/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/15/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/15/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/15/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/15/2015
 
Dog Patch, Ladysmith BC
 

Dog Patch, Ladysmith BC
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/15/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/15/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/15/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/15/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/15/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/15/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/15/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/15/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/15/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/15/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/15/2015
 

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Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/05/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/05/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/05/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/05/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/05/2015

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/05/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/05/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/05/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/05/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/05/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/05/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/05/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/05/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/05/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/05/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/05/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/05/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/05/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/05/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/05/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/01/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/01/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/01/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/01/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/01/2015

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/01/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/01/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/01/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/01/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/01/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/01/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/01/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/01/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/01/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/01/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/01/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Oct/01/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/29/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/29/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/29/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/29/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/29/2015

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/29/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/29/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/29/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/29/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/29/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/29/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/29/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/29/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/29/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/29/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/29/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/29/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/29/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/29/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/29/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/29/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/29/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/29/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/29/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/29/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/11/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/11/2015
 
Lion's mane jellyfish
Lion's mane jellyfish
Lion's mane jellyfish
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/11/2015

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/11/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/11/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/11/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/11/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/11/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/11/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/11/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/11/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/11/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/07/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/07/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/07/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/07/2015

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Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/03/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/03/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/03/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/03/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/03/2015

went up to the head of the bay today. Light breeze and ripple on the water here and there. Paddled out to Page Point to look at the derelict sailboat. Neighbour told me the Auxiliary Coast Guard had towed it out past his place in the dark Sunday night. She's higher in the water than I've ever seen her. That homeowner who's beach it landed on must have been really determined to float her again. The bottom was mostly scrapped and all the water was pumped out of her. All in all I'd say she was better off for the journey , short as it was.

The sky grew dark and I started scanning it for lightning. The rumblings from the Saltair mill started sounding like thunder and it just seemed like it was time to head home. Poured rain half an hour after I got in, but no thunder and lightning.

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/03/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/03/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/03/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/03/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/03/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/03/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/03/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/03/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/03/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/03/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Sept/03/2015
 

the derelict sailboat
 
the derelict sailboat
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Aug/30/2015

I like the autumn. I like the wind and the wild in the wind and the rain that cleans, moistens, and freshen's the air after a long dry summer. I like our sweet salt air in my face and the splash of the waves as my board cuts through them.

We had our first good blow of the fall Saturday. Rory stopped by on his way out of Nitinat. He had packed fast and in the pouring rain and there was no order to it. Our bay was all white water and wild and he started digging though his gear thinking he would rig a small sail on a board and go out. Well he thought his other boot might be over there and down, and wasn't sure where the fin he wanted was, and everything started coming out, and time passed. The wind dropped, Rory gave up and packed up and came inside.

We looked out at the changing water and there was the old derelict sailboat heading up the bay. We first saw it a year and a half ago or maybe two. It was one of two sailboats that drifted from dog patch up our shore in a wind one day. A couple of guys caught up to the one boat and towed it back, but the derelict went on it's way. I next saw it a year ago when we got the SUP's. It was up by the head of the bay on it's side on the shore of a small island. last winter it came out with the ice and someone tied it to some pilings and dock out in front of Page Point Marina. I know I don't want anyone running into it, and I might not want it as a beach ornament but something in me wants to celebrate one more journey, tethers slipped and the wind at her back. We had a good laugh at it all.

Sunday I paddled across the bay to see who got the beach ornament. He didn't seem happy, and he didn't seem to have much confidence that the high tide would float it off.

I shot a few pics of the derelict and headed out the bay in rising waves, to dog patch, looking for the baylinner that burned last Wednesday. Couldn't find it but shot a poorly situated, soon to be broken if it doesn't get moved, boat on Slag point, and a few old wrecks in dog patch. Had a young osprey check me out pretty closely on the way home and a murder of crows, gave me the way and headed off to where ever a murder of crows goes.

After dinner I went down to the beach at high tide to have a look. The derelict was off the bottom, on the move and 500 meters up the far shoreline with a good breeze behind her.

the derelict sailboat
 
the derelict sailboat
 
the derelict sailboat
 
the derelict sailboat
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Aug/30/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Aug/30/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Aug/30/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Aug/30/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Aug/30/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Aug/30/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Aug/30/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Aug/30/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Aug/30/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Aug/30/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Aug/30/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Aug/30/2015
 

Osprey
Osprey
Osprey
 
Osprey
 

Mill maintenance
Mill maintenance
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Aug/30/2015
 
Planes seem awful close
Planes seem awful close
Planes seem awful close
 

a murder of Crows
a murder of Crows
a murder of Crows
 
a murder of Crows
 
a murder of Crows
 

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Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Aug/24/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Aug/24/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Aug/24/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Aug/24/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Aug/24/2015

paddled up to the Ladysmith Maritime Society dock with MGW this morning. Light haze and smell of forest fire smoke in the air. Three Osprey on the chip conveyor today. A little chilly when we left so we wore rashies. A warm trip home.

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Aug/24/2015
 
three Osprey
three Osprey
three Osprey
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Aug/24/2015
 

heron
heron
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Aug/24/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Aug/24/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Aug/24/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Aug/24/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Aug/24/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Aug/23/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Aug/23/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Aug/23/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Aug/23/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Aug/23/2015

MGW's cousin went out for her first paddle. Told me how you have to hide from the heat all summer back home. Less than an hour on the water today and she wants to move here and get a paddleboard.


Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/30/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/30/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/30/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/30/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/30/2015

Headed out the bay on morning glass. Got about half a km past slag point before the convection wind hit me in the face. Turned and let it blow me home. Low tide, less than 1/2 meter so I had a bit of a slog through the mud.

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/30/2015
 
Osprey
Osprey
Osprey
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/30/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/30/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/30/2015
 
Breakwater
Breakwater
Breakwater
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/30/2015
 
 Oyster Bay looking NW past Slag point and Woods Islands, Mount Benson [Nanaimo] beyond
Oyster Bay looking NW past Slag point and Woods Islands, Mount Benson [Nanaimo] beyond
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/30/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/30/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/30/2015
 
Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/30/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/30/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/30/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/30/2015
 

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Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/27/2015
bubble = trouble
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/27/2015
 
the boom log breakwater
the boom log breakwater
barnacles, mussels, anemones and sponges
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/27/2015

didn't check the tides and hit the shoreline at low water. Broke my flip flop in the mud and launched the board upside down in shallow water. Poled out till it was deep enough for the fin, flipped the board and climbed on. Right away i noticed the board was blowing bubbles. Just never a good sign. At least it's on the top of the board. Stopped by the boom log breakwater between the marina and the mill to check on the purple starfish. It's been there for months. I guess there's lots of food. Every inch of the logs below the waterline is covered with barnacles, mussels, anemones and sponges.

I'm noticing more and more big starfish an my paddles. The small tan coloured leatherbacks have never left, but a virus has swept through this area and all but whipped out our big starfish.

Went out past Slag Point and crossed the bay to get out of the wind and ended up going around the Dunsmuir Islands. A few tourists at anchor and somebody digging clams. There was a large Bald Eagle with a fist full of fish being harangued by a pair of Oyster Catchers. The south Dunsmuir Island is owned by the Seattle Yacht Club [no reciprocals, no fires, no tresspassing]. I went out around the south island and headed back. The Oyster Catchers were still dive bombing the Eagle and pushed it into the air and out of the area.

A real nice paddle

barnacles, mussels, anemones and sponges
barnacles, mussels, anemones and sponges
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/27/2015
 
A couple of Harbour Seals sunning in front of the dryland log sort
A couple of Harbour Seals sunning in front of the dryland log sort
Slag Point
Slag Point

Dunsmuir Islands
 
Dunsmuir Islands
 
Dunsmuir Islands
 
Bald Eagle harangued by a pair of Oyster Catchers
Bald Eagle harangued by a pair of Oyster Catchers

Dunsmuir Islands
 
Dunsmuir Islands
 
Dunsmuir Islands
 
Dunsmuir Islands
 

Dunsmuir Islands
 
Dunsmuir Islands
 
Dunsmuir Islands
 
Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle

Dunsmuir Islands
 
Dunsmuir Islands
 
Burleith Arm wet log sort
Burleith Arm wet log sort
Burleith Arm wet log sort
stacked high from being dumped from a log carrier [ship]

Woods Islands
 
Woods Islands
 
Woods Islands
 
Woods Islands looking south to the Dunsmuir Islands
Woods Islands looking south to the Dunsmuir Islands

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/27/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/27/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/25/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/25/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/25/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/25/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/25/2015

went out into a light rain during a mid afternoon lull in the wind. Short run up to the head of the bay.

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/25/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/25/2015
 

map of Ladysmith Harbour/Oyster Bay
map of Ladysmith Harbour/Oyster Bay


Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/19/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/19/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/19/2015
 
costs a years tuition and lodging
costs a years tuition
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/19/2015

launched onto glassy calm water but a breeze quickly hit our backs and pushed us out of the bay. One quick stop. Rory had to show me a sailboat which only costs a years tuition and lodging.

We decided we'd go back out to Davis Lagoon and get some better pics of the sand dollars. Figured the prevailing wind would die and the convection breeze would build and blow us home. About two minutes later the wind switched around and blew in our faces for the last few km out to the lagoon. Nice and cool and a good workout. Checked out a trimaran along the way.

I don't think the sand dollar photos are any better. I shot from below the surface this time but there was too much motion and not enough light. I'll try again on a calmer day and a lower tide. Headed back and small rollers started coming out of the east, wind from the south and boat wake every angle. Balance was a little challenging. I'd just told some curious tourist on the docks that there wasn't a big learning curve to SUP and he shouldn't expect to fall his first time out. I hate talking about falling out loud because it seems to land me in the drink. Every time the board started lurching out from under me I'd yell, drop down and recover. Heard Rory hit his board and then the water. A few minutes later he yelled as he fell again so as he climbed out I took the opportunity to point out that yelling was a serious matter and it wasn't going to keep him dry unless he did it properly. I guess that was really asking for a fall... but i didn't.

A really nice paddle today. 15 or 16 km in 3.5 hours and we even got it together to bring drinking water along.

an old heron
an old heron
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/19/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/19/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/19/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/19/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/19/2015
 
Davis Lagoon
Davis Lagoon
Davis Lagoon
 

Davis Lagoon
 
Davis Lagoon
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/19/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/19/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/19/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/19/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/19/2015
 
Sand Dollars
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/19/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/19/2015
 
Sand Dollars
Sand Dollars
Sand Dollars
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/19/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/19/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/02/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/02/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/02/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/02/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/02/2015

went out the bay to Slag Point with a light breeze in our faces. Turned around and so did the wind. Picked up a little too. Hugged the far shoreline to get out of it. Great blobs of algae and the first smoke in the air in what was to be a pretty smoky week. This was from a 40 hectare, mostly grass fire, 4 or 5km to the NW

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/02/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/02/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/02/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/02/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/02/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/02/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/02/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/02/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/02/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jul/02/2015
 

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Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/27/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/27/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/27/2015
 
Slag Point
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/27/2015

Haven't been getting out as regularly as I'd like. Thought I'd go out to the marina, and then a little further to Slag point. Ended up 7.5 km down the coast to this bridge at Davis Lagoon on the Chemainus Rd. Total 15+km in just over 3 hours. Hella good way to spend the morning

Thousands of sand dollars out on the estuary in a few feet of water. The dark ones are alive and the white ones are skeletons

Slag Point
Slag Point
Slag Point
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/27/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/27/2015
 

Coffin Point - Coffin Island - Thetis Isl | Valdes beyond | mainland mountains behind
Coffin Point - Coffin Island - Thetis Isl
Valdes beyond | mainland mountains behind
Davis Lagoon
Davis Lagoon
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/27/2015
 
Davis Lagoon
 

Davis Lagoon
Davis Lagoon
Davis Lagoon
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/27/2015
 
Davis Lagoon
 

Sand Dollars
 
Sand Dollars
Sand Dollars
Sand Dollars
 
Sand Dollars
 

Dynamite Pier
Dynamite Pier
Transfer Park
Transfer Park
Slag Point
Slag Point
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/27/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/17/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/17/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/17/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/17/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/17/2015

a very reflective day out Burleith Arm and around the Woods Islands

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/17/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/17/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/17/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/17/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/17/2015
 

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